James has been in independent practice as an arbitrator since 2016, is an associate member of Six Pump Court Chambers, and works part-time for LexisNexis UK on Lexis®PSL Arbitration. He is a solicitor (admitted in 1990, non-practising since 2019) and was an avocat at the Paris bar (1994 to 2008). He was Registrar and DDG of the LCIA from 2008 to 2012. His background as a lawyer is in shipping, commodities and international commerce. Most of his appointments are in ad hoc arbitrations.